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Green Your Shopping Quiz
by Staff
Environmentally minded shopping is more than just an admirable goal. It's a way to decrease your carbon footprint. Find out how you rank as a green shopper.

Approximately how many plastic shopping bags are thrown away each year in the United States?

  • 10 billion
  • 100 billion
  • 500 billion

Methane, a greenhouse gas, remains in the atmosphere 9 to 15 years. How many metric tons of methane does livestock farming release worldwide each year?

  • 100 million metric tons (100,231,131 tons)
  • 300 million metric tons (330,693,393 tons)
  • 80 million metric tons (88,184,905 tons)

The United States is the largest producer of corn in the world. What is most of it used for?

  • feeding livestock, poultry and fish
  • exporting to other countries
  • making ethanol fuel

On average, how much of what is put into the recycling stream actually gets recycled?

  • one-half
  • one-tenth
  • one-quarter

How many tons of food is thrown out each day in the United States?

  • 13,000 tons
  • 27,000 tons (24,494 metric tons)
  • 42,000 tons (38,102 metric tons)

It's estimated that by 2013, eco-friendly household cleaners will account for what percentage of the household-cleaner market?

  • 15 percent
  • 25 percent
  • 30 percent

How many plastic bottles are thrown out every hour in the United States?

  • 250,000
  • 25,000
  • 2,500,000

Approximately what percentage of municipal solid waste is packaging?

  • 18 percent
  • 31 percent
  • 50 percent

Although they are often grown thousands of miles away, which fruit has the cleanest carbon footprint?

  • banana
  • papaya
  • mango

How many tons of garbage are thrown out each year in the United States?

  • 13,000,000 tons (11,793,402 metric tons)
  • 56,000,000 tons (50,802,345 metric tons)
  • 32,000,000 tons (29,029,912 metric tons)

Biking to the store is not only good for the environment, it's good for your health. How much more efficient is biking than driving a gas-powered car?

  • 10 times
  • 3 times
  • 7 times

Which of the listed materials makes the most environmentally friendly bag?

  • conventional or organic cotton
  • paper
  • plastic

Which is the most effective way to reduce the environmental impact of your shopping?

  • make your own cleaning products
  • buy more organic products
  • buy less meat

What does CSA stand for?

  • consumer sustainable agriculture
  • community supported agriculture
  • chlorophyll saturated agriculture

Growing your own food is a great way to green your shopping list. What type of garden is designed on a grid?

  • square-foot garden
  • container garden
  • window box garden

Critics of marketing products as 'green' refer to this practice by this term.

  • greenwashing
  • locavorism
  • conservation

What is the name of the non-profit with one of the strictest processes for receiving their organic seal of approval?

  • Evergreen
  • Green Seal
  • Going Green

This food movement is gaining popularity among suburban and urban dwellers.

  • veganism
  • vegetarianism
  • locavorism

What is the most environmentally friendly way of handling used plastic containers?

  • Re-purpose them for another use.
  • Throw them away.
  • Recycle them.

What is a food mile?

  • the distance a particular food travels from where it was grown or raised to where you buy it
  • the distance from your house to the nearest grocery store
  • the distance in miles from farm to store divided by the square root of calories per pound of food